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Canine Parvovirus Related Questions

Do you want to know what parvovirus symptoms your dog could have? Has your dog had parvo and you want to know how to prevent future infections? Parvovirus can be deadly for some dogs if not treated properly and in a timely manner. If you are in need of additional information, contact a qualified Expert who is available day or night for your convenience. Read below for parvovirus questions that have been answered by verified Experts.

What is canine parvovirus?

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease to dogs. It is a virus that rapidly attacks reproducing cells. The parvovirus is shed via the stools of infected dogs for weeks after having the infection. It can be transmitted by oral contact with the feces and can contaminate shoes, crates, and dog’s hair and feet, as well as anything that comes into contact with the virus.

What are parvovirus symptoms a dog could portray?

Dogs of all ages can be affected by the parvovirus but most cases are seen in puppies that are 6-20 weeks old. Breed of canines such as the Doberman Pincher and Rottweiler seem to acquire the infection more with more severe symptoms. Parvovirus symptoms include:

  • depression
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • fever

Is it true that once a dog is immunized against parvovirus, that they won’t need any more shots?

There are certain breeds that are more prone to contracting the disease and may require booster shots to prevent infection. If a dog’s immune system is down they are more likely to pick up an infection. Vaccine protocols suggest that all puppy shots for deadly diseases, such as parvovirus, be given and a booster administered every three years after the initial one year booster to prevent infection.

Can a dog that has not been infected with parvovirus still be a carrier of the disease?

The virus can live in a canine as a viral illness but they will not be lifelong carriers. Only canines that have an active infection can transmit virus particles to other dogs. Dogs can also be infected but show no signs of illness if their immune system is handling the virus efficiently. In essence this can be considered a “carrier” but once the virus is gone they are no longer carrying the virus. However, parvovirus particles are able to live in the environment for some time.

If parvovirus was known to exist in a yard/house, what period of time should pass before introducing another puppy into the environment?

The parvovirus can be killed using bleach and water mixes. It may be a good idea to clean all areas of the yard, floors, or any area where the infected dogs were with this mixture. Parvovirus can be anywhere so eliminating it completely can be difficult. Even if the ground is frozen parvo can stick around until it is thawed out. In an ideal situation it may be prudent to wait at least four months before introducing a vaccinated puppy to the environment that has been cleaned.

What is the survival rate of a puppy pit bull diagnosed with parvovirus?

Survival rate will be dependent on how the puppy is doing with symptoms and how it is responding to parvovirus treatment. Age can also be a variable. If the pup is a bit older the immune system may be a bit stronger. The pit bull breed is more prone to this infection and if after four days of treatment there is not any improvement then prognosis is not good.

Is it possible for a fully vaccinated one-year-old dog to contract parvovirus and die?

A dog at any age that is fully vaccinated against parvovirus can still die if they contracted the virus. Certain breeds of dogs that have faulty immune responses may have a harder time of fighting the virus even if vaccinated. In some cases the actual vaccine could have been faulty. This can be caused by improper shipping, handling, or storage of the vaccine. It is also possible if the vaccine was expired which makes it nonviable.

Canine parvovirus can be a life-threatening disease for your dog. Having the right kind of knowledge and understanding from an Expert can help when faced with this virus. If you need clarity about canine parvovirus treatment or complications, contact a qualified Expert for more information from the convenience of your home.

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